Verizon Foundation awards $15,000 to Domestic Violence Group

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The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) received funds worth $15,000 from the Verizon Foundation. GCADV has its headquarters in Decatur.

According to a press release from Verizon, “This grant will allow GCADV to initiate a social media contest for teens to name a new project to prevent teen dating violence and provide services to victims.  The project would focus on technology and safety and culminate with a statewide training for programs on teen dating violence and technology safety.”

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According to the website of GCADV, the main role of the organization is form a cooperating network among member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are making efforts to end domestic violence. The website states, “Guided by the voices of survivors, we work to create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence. GCADV leads advocacy efforts for responsive public policy and fosters quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state.”

The Verizon Foundation has allocated funds worth $105,000 to nine organizations in Georgia, to promote projects aiming at educating teens about dating and domestic violence prevention. The recipients of the grant include Columbus Alliance for Battered Women/Hope Harbour, Georgia Family and Education Research Council, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Hiram High School, Jewish Family and Career Services Inc., Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Savannah Area Family Emergency Shelter and Cool Girls Inc.

Verizon has initiated a national tour, entitled, ‘Verizon Wireless’ Journey of Hope,’ that aims to make people aware of the issue o domestic violence. The present grant is provided in conjunction with the tour.

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October is being celebrated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.